NCR In Conversation

In Conversation is an in-depth look at the week's Catholic news as seen by the staff at National Catholic Reporter. Hosted by NCR engagement editor Brittany Wilmes, In Conversation features the top thinkers and journalists who report on the life of the Catholic church in the world. National Catholic Reporter is an independent newspaper based in Kansas City, Missouri. Read more at
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Now displaying: June, 2017
Jun 30, 2017

In this episode, NCR Bertelsen intern Shireen Korkzan and playwright Patty McCarty discuss McCarty's play "This Other Love," about the life of Dorothy Day. Later, Tom Roberts and Sr. Joan Chittister discuss the state of American politics and the role of the media. 

Jun 23, 2017

In this episode, Brittany talks to GSR contributor Tracy Barnett, who's reporting from Panama on an eco-spiritual retreat called Web of Life. Run by the Maryknoll Sisters, the retreat weaves together science and spirituality to explore the interconnectedness of all life. Peter Feuerherd and Dan Morris-Young join the show to talk about The Field Hospital, NCR's blog series on parish life in the U.S. and Canada. 


Jun 16, 2017

In this episode, Josh McElwee checks in from the Vatican, where the Council of Cardinals have ended a recent meeting. Josh shares what the cardinals discussed and talks about the consistory taking place later this month. Heidi Schlumpf shares some interviews with theologians who attended the annual meeting of the Catholic Theological Society of America in Albuquerque June 8-11. They talk about what it means to be a theologian in a time of Trump. Brittany talks to Young Voices columnists Mike Jordan Laskey and Christian Mocek about fatherhood and faith.

Jun 9, 2017

Brittany talks to Jordan Denari Duffner of Georgetown University's Bridge Initiative. They discuss Islamophobia, how Jordan's friendships with Muslims have given her a renewed appreciation for her own faith, and steps the Catholic Church is taking to improve Muslim-Christian relations. Amir Hussain of Loyola Marymount University explains Ramadan and Muslim contributions to American society. Jamie Manson describes a play that tells the stories of Mary in Christian Scripture and Maryam in the Quran. 

Jun 2, 2017

NCR publisher Caitlin Hendel and editor Dennis Coday take over this episode to talk about current stories on, discuss how we determine news stories and editorials, and to ask for your support in NCR's mission of providing quality independent journalism.